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DACA Expansion Teleconference on January 13, 2014: USCIS

"Teleconference Invitation Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Expansion Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 2 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a listening session on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss...

California's 'Gang Injunctions' May Block Immigrants from DACA, DAPA

"As head of deportation and defense organizing for RAIZ, a migrant-led group in Orange County focused on stopping the deportation of immigrants, Alexis Nava Teodoro’s caseload is brimming with people who qualify for protection under President Barack Obama’s new immigration plan but are...

DACA, DAPA Reviews Lead to ICE Releases

"More than 200 people have been released from immigration custody in Arizona in the last month following the Department of Homeland Security’s new enforcement priorities, ICE officials said. On Nov. 20, President Obama announced that parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents...

Does the ACA Give Employers a $3,000 Tax Bonus for Hiring Certain Immigrants?

"- Q: Did Obama’s executive actions on immigration include a $3,000 bonus to employers for each immigrant they hire instead of U.S. citizens? - A: Not exactly. In very limited cases, employers may avoid the Affordable Care Act’s penalty if they hire immigrants who are not eligible...

USCIS DACA Listening Session Today, Jan. 13, 2015

"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Expansion U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a listening session on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the expansion of DACA as part of the recently announced executive...

Mayors’ Defense of DACA / DAPA Brings Critical Voice to Legal Battle

"The National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is made up of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, and 33 individual mayors, including those from the nation’s five largest cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia — filed an amicus...

Expanded DACA Available Feb. 18, 2015

" Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Who : Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA. What : Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from two years, and allows you to be considered for DACA...

Litigation Update: Texas v. USA (Jan. 30, 2015)

As of Jan. 30, 2015, we still have no ruling by Judge Hanen on the motion for preliminary injunction in Texas v. USA , No. 1:14-cv-00254, S.D. TX, Brownsville Div. Notable recent docket entries, however, include the DEFENDANTS’ SUR-REPLY IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Arizona Must Issue Drivers’ Licenses to DACA Recipients | On January 22, 2015, District Judge David G. Campbell permanently enjoined Arizona from refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, finding that the state’s policy...

Updated DACA F.A.Q. - USCIS

Frequently Asked Questions Please note : The questions and answers on this page will take effect on February 18, 2015, when expanded DACA becomes available. On that date, these frequently asked questions will replace the FAQs that are currently in effect . I General Information for All Requestors...

District Court Enjoins DAPA, Expanded DACA: Texas v. USA

"A federal judge in south Texas issued an injunction Monday temporarily blocking a program President Obama announced in November that would defer deportation for about 5 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The White House quickly issued a statement saying the federal government...

Hanen Injunction 'Falls Far Outside Legal Mainstream' - NILC

" A federal district court today blocked the implementation of the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year, which would allow millions of immigrants to come forward and apply for deportation relief and work authorization. The first phase of initiatives, which affect undocumented...

New Data Show Child Migrant Crisis Began Before DACA

"Newly available data—analyzed in this study for the first time—show that the massive increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) began before DACA was even announced in June 2012. Without knowledge of the program, the children who came to the border in early 2012 could not have...

Beyond DAPA and DACA: Revisiting Legislative Reform in Light of Long-Term Trends in Unauthorized Immigration to the United States

"This paper provides estimates of those who are potentially eligible for DAPA and DACA. However, it also looks beyond DAPA and DACA to make the case for broad legislative reform in light of long-term trends in unauthorized migration to the United States and the unauthorized resident population....

Legomsky on Legality of DAPA, Expanded DACA (Senate Testimony)

"Several members of this committee have publicly expressed concerns about the views of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch as to the legality of President Obama’s recently- announced executive actions on immigration. I have studied these issues carefully. While I appreciate that reasonable...

Is Judge Hanen’s Smackdown of Executive Action on Immigration “Narrowly Crafted”? - Anil Kalhan

"[L]et’s not be under any illusions: Judge Hanen’s opinion is remarkably sweeping in its tenor and its potential significance — and ultimately does not turn on any sort of distinction between the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, on the one hand, and the extension of “affirmative...

Legomsky: Presidential Authority for DAPA/DACA Clear (House Testimony)

"Like the overwhelming majority of other immigration law professors and scholars, I believe that the legal authority for both the Prosecutorial Discretion Memo and the DACA/DAPA Memo is clear. There are Congress’s express assignment of responsibility to the Secretary of Homeland Security for...

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

"Bryan Johnson ... argued that his client was eligible for Obama's deferred action program for parents, which temporarily protected Ayala from deportation until the Texas court ruling put the program on hold. Now, Johnson says he's not sure what will happen during their next appointment...

Texas v. USA Update: A DOJ 'Advisory,' and Pushback by Plaintiffs

On March 3, 2015, DOJ advised Judge Hanen that USCIS had issued approximately 100,000 three-year EADs for some DACA renewals. The plaintiffs in Texas v. USA pushed back , calling for early discovery.

Fifty-State Survey: DACA Recipient Status - Wendi Adelson

"The following is a fifty-state survey outlining each state’s policies on granting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, and occupational licenses. In gathering this information, the author referenced the National Immigration Law...

DOJ Files 5th Circuit Brief in Texas v. USA

"This case involves a challenge brought by Texas and other States to enjoin — nationwide — enforcement policies that the Secretary of Homeland Security adopted to manage the government’s limited immigration enforcement resources and prioritize the removal of aliens who threaten...

AFL-CIO Launches Effort to Protect Undocumented Workers

"The AFL-CIO began a nationwide campaign Tuesday to help thousands of undocumented immigrants sign up for President Obama's programs to protect them from deportation and allow them to work legally in the USA. The massive effort is moving forward despite the fact that two of Obama's three...

Cities, Counties Ask Appeals Court To Let Obama Immigration Programs Move Forward

"Leaders from more than 70 cities and counties, some going against their states, joined a legal brief filed Monday asking an appeals court to allow President Barack Obama's deportation relief policies to move forward. "Continuing to delay implementation of the president’s executive...

Law Profs File Fifth Circuit Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA Appeal

"Amici Curiae are 109 immigration law professors, all of whom have substantial expertise and interest in the proper interpretation and enforcement of the immigration laws. Amici have, collectively, more than 1,500 years of experience in immigration law, and many have participated in congressional...

Fifth Circuit Shoots Down ICE Agents' DACA Lawsuit: Crane v. Johnson

"The Agents allege that exercising deferred action violates federal law, because the law requires them to detain all illegal aliens for the purpose of placing the aliens in removal proceedings. The State of Mississippi alleges that the deferred action has caused additional aliens to remain in the...